This lesson covers colour, consistency, the technique of sketching page layouts, and general graphical professionalism.
Colour is often used as part of a design. We consider:
- Aesthetic choice of colour
- Readability of colour
- Specifying colours on the Web
Consistency is very important in graphic design. Generally, every departure from consistency can be be perceived to have a meaning or reason; it's important that you don't unintentionally give these cues.
You can usually achieve a better page layout if you take a step back from the HTML/CSS creation process. For example, many people begin by sketching possible layouts on paper, or in a graphics program.
Some people think that using free "clip art", or Web page templates provided with their web page creation software, can enhance the look of their page. However, such attempts almost invariably result in graphic design that is at odds with the content of the page and screams "amateur".